Baseball Field Dimensions

Baseball Field Dimensions

Baseball fields are one of the most iconic sporting fields American sports has to offer, however there can be a good deal of variance regarding the overall dimensions of the field. Read on to learn about the dimensions of a baseball field.


Baseball Dimensions

The dimensions of a baseball field will vary slightly based on the level of play. The dimensions will also depend on the ballpark or stadium, since not every component of the field is defined by a specific measurement. When discussing the layout and size of a baseball field, the most important dimensions are:

MLB Dimensions

mlb dimensions

Across Major League Baseball, there are certain field dimensions that teams use for their ballparks. While some fields may not always fit into this range in the outfield due to their early construction, nearly all new ballparks will follow these standards. The following are some dimensions you should know about an MLB field:

  • The diamond measures 90ft on all sides
  • Home plate to centerfield is 400 ft or more
  • Home plate to the nearest fence is 325 ft or more
  • The foul lines have a length of 320 ft or more
  • The rubber on the pitcher’s mound measures 24in x 6in and is a distance of 60ft & 6in to home plate
  • The bases are securely fastened to the ground and measure 15in on all sides
  • Each base is 90 ft apart from adjacent bases
  • Opposite bases like first base and third base are 127 feet 3.375 inches apart

Since June 1, 1958 every field made for a professional club needs to meet a minimum distance of 325 ft from home plate to the nearest fence and 400ft to the center field fence. However, there's an exception with Yankee Stadium being 314 ft to the outfield fence.

Little League Dimensions

baseball little league dimensions

In Little League baseball, the field is often smaller than a professional MLB field. Little league is a youth baseball league with lots of different age brackets: anywhere from ages 4-7 up to 13-16.

  • The distance between the bases is 70 ft
  • Distance from home plate to the ballpark fence is anywhere from 200-275 ft
  • The pitcher’s mound to home plate is roughly 50 ft

Baseball Outfield Dimensions

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Unlike the dimensions of an infield, an outfield’s dimensions can vary greatly from level to level and park to park. Typically, the deepest part of any baseball outfield is centerfield. Meanwhile, the left and right field corners are the closest to home plate. However, there is no exact metric for the distance of each ballpark's outfield fence from home plate. Even the height can vary, making baseball field’s one of the only sports fields that do not have exact dimensions. However, there are a few general dimensions worth noting:

  • In Little League, the outfield fence at any point must be more than 200 feet but less than 275 feet from the back point of home plate
  • MLB stadiums are typically at least 400 feet in center field and and between 320 and 350 feet in left and right field
  • In Major League Baseball the deepest center field fence is Comerica Park in Detroit (420 feet) and the shallowest is Fenway Park in Boston (390 feet)
  • The deepest right field is Wrigley Field in Chicago (353 feet) and the shallowest is Fenway Park in Boston (302 feet)
  • The deepest left field is Wrigley Field in Chicago (355 feet) and the shallowest is Fenway Park in Boston (310 feet)
  • Fenway Park features the oddest outfield wall in Fenway in left field, known as “The Green Monster,” a massive wall that stands 37 feet tall!

FAQ

Are high school fields the same size as MLB parks?

Surprisingly enough, high school fields are actually very similar in dimension to MLB parks. The basepaths and distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate are the same, and even the outfield distances lie in a similar range.

How big are MLB bases?

MLB bases are all a standard size from park to park, with each base formed as a 15 inch x 15 inch square. Additionally, each base is between three and five inches thick. The only exception is home plate.